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Upcoming Akron-area animal events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: May 7, 2012

Other animals in the news:

• Petco and the Blue Buffalo have announced they will team up to raise $1 million for pet cancer research organizations for pet cancer awareness during May. As many as 80 percent of pet owners know little or nothing about what in human terms would be considered an epidemic, according to Petco, a pet retailer that provides products, services and advice to help people make great pet parents. The Blue Buffalo Co. is a manufacturer of healthful and holistic dog and cat foods and founder of the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research.

• One of A Kind Pet Rescue and adoption center, 1929 W. Market St., Akron, is celebrating Mother’s Day by offering dogs and cats that were once “moms” at the special $20 adoption rate until the end of May.

• One of a Kind Pet Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., will neuter male cats until May 15 and spay female cats until May 31 at the reduced price of $20. In addition, the clinic will micro-chip your pet for $20 through the end of May. For an appointment, call the clinic at 330-865-6890. To learn more about adoptions, visit the adoption center or call 330-865-6201.

• The Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio (PAWS) will celebrate it’s eighth annual PAWS-4-A-Cause: Adopt-a-thon & Family Fun Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12 at the Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation Polo Field in Moreland Hills.

• The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a health alert urging consumers to use caution when handling pet foods. Diamond Pet Food issued a recall on April 10 for a limited number of dry dog food bags. That recall was expanded last week to include certain lots of its Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul dog food. Laboratory analysis completed by ODA’s Consumer Protection Laboratory showed the pet food tested positive for salmonella contamination.

People are also encouraged to handle pet foods carefully to avoid contamination of salmonella. Symptoms of infection may include fever and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. The illness primarily impacts young children, frail and elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill. Anyone exhibiting signs of a salmonella infection should contact a health-care provider.

Pets that have consumed food contaminated with salmonella may show signs of an infection including decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

If left untreated, pets may also become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and may vomit.

If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, contact your veterinarian.

Kathy Antoniotti writes about pets for the Akron Beacon Journal. She is unable to help locate, place or provide medical attention for an individual animal. If you have an idea or question about pets, write her at the Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640; call 330-996-3565; or send an email to kantoniotti@thebeaconjournal.com.

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